This Turmeric-Lentil Soup Will Protect You From Type 2 Diabetes, Dementia and Cancer

Winter can be awfully rough, but it doesn’t have to be – especially with great soups to cheer you up! This turmeric-lentil soup has the added benefit of being especially good for you, too!

This soup’s especially good for you, courtesy turmeric, apples, and lentils – and we’re here to tell you a little bit about the health benefits of each.

Turmeric is an ancient cure that has resurfaced in medicinal research for a natural treatment for inflammation, which is the cause of chronic illnesses today.

Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been proven to alleviate illnesses like:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Cardiovascular diseases
Likewise, we’ve all been told to eat our fruits and vegetables, and “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but you may not fully appreciate just how good apples are for you – they’re full of antioxidants that positively effect ailments like:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Bone health
  • Gastrointestinal protection
  • Weight management
Lastly, when we talk about anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, we can’t forget lentils, which have a significant amount of both. A diet rich in lentils and legumes may alleviate:

  • Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Colon cancer
Lentils also have a high protein content, in addition to significant levels of iron and magnesium. Red lentils, in particular, have been found to have more overall nutritive benefits than other varieties.
Turmeric Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • 2 apples, cored and grated
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Rinse the red lentils with cold water and allow to drain.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a pot and sautee the onions until soft and golden.
  • Add the apples and turmeric, and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the lentils and 2 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, covered.
  • Add the spices and coconut milk, and mix well.
  • Simmer until the lentils are soft. Add another cup of water is you prefer a thinner consistency. For best flavor, simmer for at least two hours.
  • Serve warm, garnish with coconut shavings or pumpkin seeds.

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